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The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation recognizes three men with the "Citizen Service Before Self" medal

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The Congressional Medal of Honor foundation is honoring three men with the "Citizen Service Before Self" medal. Two of those men are from Washington.

Jon Meis is from Renton. The chance to be a hero was a sudden one for Meis. A gunman at Seattle Pacific University opened fire on SPU students, killing one and injuring another. Meis had seconds to act. He pepper sprayed and tackled the gunman, risking his own life and saving countless others in the process.

"I knew that if I didn't stop him - he would keep going,” Meis said. “I really just wanted to stop him before he could do anything else . After he fired the shot, everyone else had run away and I don't know how far away they were at that point."

Michael Reagan's act of valor was less fleeting, and instead came in the form of many little acts. Four thousand, to be exact. Reagan's contribution is providing comfort to families who lost loved ones in Afghanistan and Iraq by drawing portraits of those who died.

"I'm just the artist trying to send something home so that you don't feel so bad. And even if it's just a little bit, that's what I'm doing,” Reagan said.

Alton Brieske jumped into a canal with alligators and poisonous snakes to save a man from his sinking car. But he doesn't consider herself a hero.

"I don't think I deserve something like this. This is a really, really a big deal for me. Being here in the presence of all these extremely brave men. What I did was just something firefighters and police officers do on a daily basis," Brieske said.

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